Jewish Leaders Upset by Cross at Daley Plaza

April 7, 2007


Source: Chicago Sun-Times,CST-NWS-cross07.article

A 19-foot-tall cedar cross erected on Daley Plaza on Good Friday by several Christian denominations crosses the line between church and state, according to two Chicago Jewish leaders.

"It's totally inappropriate," said Rabbi Ira Youdovin, executive vice president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.

"The motive here is clear, that it is an effort to bring religion literally into the public square. Not religious values, but religious symbols and services."

He added the Easter installation differs from Christmas, when Jewish and Muslim symbols are also present on the Plaza. Youdovin particularly objects to a Sunday sunrise service to be held at the site.